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Kuala Langat Pineapple Hub Development Program

Kuala Langat, Selangor - The Kuala Langat Pineapple Hub Development Program was successfully launched on 20 April 2019 at the MPKK Hall, Kampung Batu 10 Kebun Baharu, Telok Panglima Garang. The ceremony was launched by YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar A/L Arulanandram, Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources. The event was also attended by Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia, Prof. Datin Paduka Dato' Dr. Aini Ideris, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Prof. Ts. Dr. Wahid Bin Razzaly, Director of Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), Prof. Dr. Ahmad Ainuddin Nuruddin, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering UPM, Professor Dr. Nor Kamariah Noordin, and Director of the University Community Transformation Center (UCTC), Prof. Dr. Mansor Abu Talib.

A group of experts led by Prof. Madya. Ir. Ts. Dr. Mohamed Thariq Bin Hameed Sultan in collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) University Community Transformation Center (UCTC) has conducted a "Development of Novel pineapple leaf fiber fiber extraction machine for villagers from waste to wealth" programme involving villagers from Kampung Batu 10, Telok Panglima Garang. This programme had been started from March 2018 until March 2019 through a grant of UPM Science Scheme (KTGS) grant worth RM25,000. Kampung Batu 10 community is famous for the cultivation of oil palm and pineapple. In this area, there are more than 20 acres of land planted with pineapple trees. Typically, the remains of pineapple trees are often wiped out by burning or being left to rotten and this will cause problems to the environment.

Normally, pineapple leaves are processed manually, however, more time are required for this process. Therefore, this project is being carried out by building a pineapple leaf extraction machine and a pineapple leaf community centre for farmers and villagers. This program is expected to assist the villagers in the extraction of pineapple leaf fiber by making it more efficiently, thus help to reduce the pineapple waste and change it from waste to the source of income. During the ceremony, a drone made up of composites from pineapple fibre, was flown by Malaysian Unmanned Drones Activist Society (MUDAS). This society previously had sign a project collaboration with UPM.

The pineapple leaf extraction machines are the outcome from the collaboration between UPM researchers lead by Assoc. Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Mohamed Thariq Bin Hameed Sultan and UTHM researchers lead by Prof. Dr. Yusri Yusuf. Pineapple leaves extracted into fibers can be used to produce other products. According to Head of Research from UPM, Prof. Madya. Ir. Ts. Dr. Mohamed Thariq Bin Hameed Sultan, this program is a knowledge transfer program to be delivered to target groups and can be used continuously. This program gives villagers the chance to build a mini pineapple leaf extracting machine and to help in generating income to the community. The program is also expected to create awareness on the environmental sustainability by recycling pineapple leaves. In addition, villagers were also been taught on the technology of developing machines. This skills will also help them to repair and maintain the machine by themselves.

 
     
 

Date of Input: 30/04/2019 | Updated: 30/04/2019 | lufti

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